The challenge of climate change requires swift action to reduce fossil fuel consumption. The need to act has been recognized at the policy level here in Connecticut, with the legislature passing strong greenhouse gas reduction targets in the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, and more recently with Governor Lamont setting a goal of 100% carbon free electricity by 2040 in Executive Order 3.
Yet, significant action to reduce fossil fuel generation has not followed. In fact, expansion of gas-fired generation of electricity continues. In June, a new 650MW gas-burning power plant was approved for construction in Killingly. To date, the Governor and the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) have not taken steps to reduce our reliance on natural gas. DEEP recently gave preliminary approval for construction to destroy a wetland so that the Killingly plant can interconnect to the power grid.
Now, another 10MW of new fossil fuel electricity generation has been proposed in Bristol and DEEP is proposing to sign off on the air permits it needs despite there being no plan to limit or eliminate the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions by the Governor’s 2040 carbon free goal. Whether 10MW or 650MW, new power plants that increase emissions of greenhouse gases in our state are a step in the wrong direction. Sierra Club Connecticut and allies have requested a public hearing to fight this proposal.
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